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Morzine Avoriaz, France

An undiscovered gem surrounded by towering peaks and tall firs.

Morzine is a long-established French resort, popular for its easy road access, traditional atmosphere and gentle tree-filled slopes, where children do not get lost and bad weather rarely causes problems. For keen piste-bashers wanting to travel the Portes du Soleil circuit, the main drawback to staying in Morzine is having to take a bus and cable-car or several lifts to get to Avoriaz and the main circuit. Morzine’s local slopes can suffer from poor snow conditions.

Such problems can, however, be avoided by taking a car. A little-used gondola awaits at Ardent, a short drive from Morzine; from there, you can tour the circuit clockwise via Châtel, missing out Avoriaz (which is often crowded). If local snow is poor, a car means you have the alternative of visiting nearby Flaine, a resort far better than Avoriaz at coping with crowds looking for snow.

What’s Great

  • Part of the vast Portes du Soleil lift network
  • Larger local piste area than other Portes du Soleil resorts
  • Good nightlife by French standards
  • Quite attractive old town – a stark contrast to Avoriaz
  • Few liftlines locally (but see minus points)

What’s Not-So-Great

  • Takes a while to get to Avoriaz and main Portes du Soleil circuit
  • Bus-ride or long walk to lifts from much of the accommodation
  • Low altitude means there is an enduring risk of poor snow, though increased snowmaking has helped
  • Low altitude or inconvenient beginner slopes
  • Not a great resort for experts
  • Weekend crowds
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Morzine

Mountain stats
Acres of ski 272
Pistes 66
Snowmaking 20%
Halfpipes 1
Terrain Parks 1
X-Country 60ml
Slope Stats
Top Lifts 6,624ft
Vertical Drop 3,346ft
Bottom Lift 2,277ft
Slope Difficulty
Beginner 20%
Intermediate 35%
Advanced 45%